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Section 3: Personal Standards in Professional Practice

3.1 You must keep high standards of personal conduct, paying due regard to the importance of maintaining patients’ and the public’s trust and confidence in the profession.

The commitment to putting patients first means focusing all of your attention on them during the examination or treatment. You should not speak to colleagues about personal or social matters or use a mobile phone or other personal electronic device while caring for patients. Outside of work your behaviour should not bring the profession into disrepute by engaging in illegal or other, morally dubious activities.  


3.2 You must keep current, accurate and secure records and ensure that they are completed with honesty and integrity.

This includes financial records such as expenses claims or business accounts if you are in independent practice as well as ensuring that patients’ records are accurate, up to date and kept secure.

Resources and Links

Education and Career Framework for the Radiography Workforce 2013

Professional Standards for Independent Practitioners 2011


3.3 You should limit your work if you believe that your physical, emotional and psychological health is such that your performance or judgement may be affected.

You have a duty to look after yourself. If you believe that your health status is putting you or your patients at risk, you must take action. This also means sharing information with your manager and cooperating with them in any referral to occupational health services.


3.4 You must not become involved in any activity that you believe to be unsafe, illegal, unethical or detrimental to patients.

Conscientious objection: You must report in writing to your employing authority, at the earliest date in your employment, any conscientious objection that may be relevant to your professional practice. You should explore with them ways in which you can avoid placing an unreasonable burden on colleagues because of this. Your right to conscientious objection does not exempt you from providing service users with full, unbiased information, for example, prior to prenatal screening or testing.

You do not have the right to refuse to take part in any emergency treatment. You should give careful consideration when deciding whether or not to accept employment in an area that carries out treatment or procedures to which you have a conscientious objection


3.5 You should ensure that your appearance is such that it inspires confidence in patients, reduces the risk of cross-infection and maintains the health and safety of all involved.

You must adhere to any uniform policy within your employing organisation. Remember that your appearance may impact on patients’ confidence in your professional ability and this should be considered in relation to such things as piercings and tattoos.

Resources and Links

Health Care Associated Infections (HCAIs) Practical Guidance and Advice 2006


3.6 You should pay due regard to the responsible deployment of resources; human, financial and environmental.

Putting patients first does not mean you do not also have to be concerned about the proper use of resources. There is a balance to be struck between the needs of the individual and the public good, which you should consider at all times.


3.7 You must make sure that, if you provide independent professional services, any advertising is accurate, honest and does not misrepresent the service offered.

Resources and Links

Professional Standards for Independent Practitioners 2011

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